2009 Rule 5 Draft Preview: Outfielders

So far I’ve reviewed some catchers and middle infielders in the upcoming 2009 Rule 5 draft.  Next up we have a few outfielders who are eligible for the draft that the Pirates may want to take a look at. The Pirates are pretty secure in their outfield situation, both in the short term, and long term.  In the short term they’ve got Andrew McCutchen and Lastings Milledge in the majors, and Jose Tabata in the wings...

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Super Two Eligible Players

According to John Perrotto via Twitter, the cutoff for Super Two eligible players this season is two years, 139 days. For information on Super Two players, check out the Super Two Players page on the BUCCO Fans.com Wiki. The 2.139 cutoff makes Jeff Karstens eligible for arbitration going in to the 2010 season. Karstens would have normally been a league minimum player going in to the 2010 season, but is now eligible for an extra year...

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Andrew McCutchen and Jose Tabata top IL prospects

I meant to post this the other day when the rankings came out, but I’ve been working on my top prospects list, which I will start releasing next week. Baseball America released their top 20 prospects from the 2009 International League, home to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ AAA affiliate, the Indianapolis Indians. Making the list from the Pirates were Andrew McCutchen and Jose Tabata. McCutchen ranked third, behind Matt Wieters...

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Looking back at the Nyjer Morgan Trade

The last few days down here in Virginia have seen crazy weather. It started out at 70 degrees, then dropped to the low 50s the next day, followed by another jump to 70 degrees today, and the rest of the week is forecasted for mid-40s. Of course that means not only do we enter my least favorite time of the year, the fall, but we also start fishing our fall coats out of the closet. Every once in awhile you’ll throw on that coat...

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Positional Breakdowns: Outfield

The outfield position is one of few positions in the Pirates system where there is a good amount of depth. At the beginning of the season the Pirates had an outfield of Nate McLouth, Nyjer Morgan, and Brandon Moss, with Andrew McCutchen in the wings, ready for a call-up. That call came in June, after the trade which sent Nate McLouth to Atlanta. Nyjer Morgan was traded at the end of June for Lastings Milledge, and while waiting for...

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